Portugal, Order of the Tower and the Sword, a magnificent Commander’s set of insignia, unsigned, circa
(i) Neck Badge, in two-colour gold, silver, diamonds and blue and green translucent enamel on guilloché ground, the gold centre with laureate bust of King João VI in high relief, legend joão. d. g. reg. de port. p. do brasil in blue-enamelled circle around; the reverse in plain two-colour gold with engraved decoration and central medallion depicting sword in laurel wreath within the motto of the Order valor e lealdade, Tower above; the badge fitted with a reeded suspension ring linked to a gold riband carrier decorated with oak leaves and acorns and pendent from original neck riband fitted with a gold clasp for wearing, width of badge 69.5mm.;
(ii) Breast Star, in silver, gold, diamonds and blue and green translucent enamel on guilloché ground, the gold centre with applied sword over laurel wreath in gold and enamels, legend of the Order valor e lealdade and date of its foundation 1808 in blue-enamelled circle around, applied Tower above on upper ray of the star and the lower rays each decorated with gold flames; the plain reverse fitted with a flat spring-type vertical suspension pin for wearing, height 84mm., width 76mm. (lot)
Conferred upon Lord Arthur Marcus Cecil Hill (later 3rd Baron Sandys, 1798-1863) on 17 November 1825, in recognition of his service as Secretary to Sir Charles Stuart’s Legation to the Imperial Court of Rio de Janeiro and the successful conclusion of the Friendship Treaty between Brazil and Portugal marking Brazilian Independence, ratified by João VI on 15 November 1825.